#NACACreads: An Online Book Club

Looking for a fun way to stay on top of trends and network with other college admission professionals?

Join #NACACreads, an online book club to discuss books related to education and the college admission process.

Book club members are welcome to participate in any—or all—of the quarterly chats, held on Twitter. Titles will be announced at least six weeks in advance of each chat.

Upcoming Book Discussion

What: #NACACreads book club discussion of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy
When: Monday, June 12 at 2 p.m. (ET)
Where: On Twitter, using the #NACACreads hashtag  
Etc.: Help shape the discussion. Submit questions ahead of time using the #NACACreads hashtag.

Lower EdMore than 2 million students attend for-profit colleges.

Explore the factors that led to this sector’s rapid expansion during a June 12 #NACACreads discussion of Lower Ed with author Tressie McMillan Cottom. Learn how the new economy and existing inequalities shape access to education and discuss what counselors and admission professionals can do to help students navigate an increasingly complex array of postsecondary choices.

“The more insecure people feel, the more they are willing to spend money for an insurance policy against low wages, unemployment, and downward mobility,” writes Cottom. “Those least likely to have an insurance policy that our labor market values are people for whom higher education has always been a long shot: poor people, single parents, the socially isolated, African Americans, the working class.”

Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges before returning to grad school to study sociology. She is now an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she studies higher education, work, and technological change in the new economy.

Read an excerpt from the book.

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